Now in its fifth year, the Ventura Poetry Festival will kick off a week of readings in downtown Ventura on Tuesday.
The festival will feature local and nationally known poets, said Jackson Wheeler, a poet who established the festival in 1993 with a grant from the city of Ventura. All events are free.
The Tuesday reading at the Daily Grind coffeehouse will feature Jari Chevalier and Jeff McDaniel at 8 p.m. McDaniel is the author of the critically acclaimed "Alibi School."
On Wednesday, the children's reading will be hosted by Franky's Place restaurant at 7 p.m. The festival will move to Cafe Voltaire on Thursday for the annual poetry bake-off at 8 p.m., with featured readers T. L. Cabrera and Bill Calkins.